• Silly Poems and Rhymes #84 - Bits of String

    The chief defect of Henry King
    Was chewing little bits of string.

    At last he swallowed some which tied
    Itself in ugly knots inside.


    Image - Bindfaden" by Daniel Schwen Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

  • Silly Poems and Rhymes #85 - There was a crooked man

    There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
    He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
    And they all lived together in a little, crooked house.


    The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s and gained popularity in the early twentieth century. Some say the town of Lavenham, with its distorted, or "crooked" buildings inspired the poem.

    Another theory is that the poem originates from the history of King Charles I of England (1600–1649): The crooked man is reputed to be the Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie, who signed a covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland. The "crooked stile" in the poem is supposedly the border between England and Scotland. "They all lived together in a little crooked house" referring to the fact that the English and Scots had at last come to an agreement, despite continuing great animosity between the two countries, who nonetheless had to learn to live with each other due to their common border.


  • Silly Poems and Rhymes #86 - Find a penny


    Find a penny, pick it up,
    And all day you'll have good luck.


    !Note - Finding a penny is considered good luck in the UK. This superstition might have arisen because in ancient times metals were believed to offer protection from evil and harmful spirits, and of course there is also the saying, money attracts money.

  • Silly Poems and Rhymes #87 - Procrastination


    “Procrastination is my sin.
    It brings me naught but sorrow.
    I know that I should stop it.
    In fact, I will – tomorrow!”

    Gloria Pitzer


    to procrastinate - 
    verb to 
    delay or postpone an action; put off doing something.
  • Silly Poems and Rhymes #88 - The Happy Bee


    This is a bee.

    She is a happy bee.

    She is happy being a bee.

    She buzzes when she’s happy.